Dale Earnhardt's legacy lives in the tremendous void his death left behind

Feb 14, 2011 Full story: Scene Daily 6

Dale Earnhardt's death left a void in the sport that continues today. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

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ruttrosmokesmojo

AOL

#1 Feb 14, 2011
Nice story about the void Sr left...

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Since: Jul 09

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#2 Feb 14, 2011
He was the best...
say what

Columbus, OH

#3 Feb 16, 2011
did you think he was the best when he was alive or just since he died. people and racers hated him.
DaleJr

De Forest, WI

#4 Feb 16, 2011
say what wrote:
did you think he was the best when he was alive or just since he died. people and racers hated him.
"People and racers hated him". Last time I checked racers were people too....

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Since: Aug 10

Savona, NY

#5 Feb 16, 2011
say what wrote:
did you think he was the best when he was alive or just since he died. people and racers hated him.
KUDOS
CatRod53

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 Feb 17, 2011
say what wrote:
did you think he was the best when he was alive or just since he died. people and racers hated him.
I see what you're saying - sometimes a person's popularity lives on or even grows after their death. It also seems you try to remember the "good things" after they're gone.

There's no way to know for sure how Nascar stats would be different had he survived, but a few things I think impacted by his death are:

1) Jr had a following, but nothing like after his dad's death. Sympathy vote? I don't know, because his career has been somewhat disappointing.

2) Who knows when/if Harvick would have gotten his break?

3) Car and track safety has been a major focus of Nascar. Sadly, not so much with the tragic deaths of Kenny Irwin and Adam Petty within 2 months of each other in 2000.

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